Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has dismissed insinuations that his meeting with Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike in Port Harcourt recently fuelled calls for the removal of the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus.
Reacting to such insinuation, Atiku through his Media Adviser, Paul Ibe said he is only interested in peace and stability of the PDP, and not what will jeopardise the interest of the party.
Seven deputy national officers had on Tuesday resigned their appointments. The officers are: Diran Odeyemi, deputy national publicity secretary; Ahmed Bello, deputy national legal adviser; Umoru Hadizat, deputy national women leader; Divine Amina Arong, deputy national auditor; Hassan Yakubu, deputy national organizing secretary; and Irona Alphonsus, deputy national financial secretary.
They cited bad treatment and lack of financial transparency by the National Chairman.
Ibe said: “It is a beer parlour talk; it is also mischievous. Why will a former Vice President be behind the plot to sack PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus? What will be his interest?
“This is someone who has commenced the process of having conversations with stakeholders of the party on reconciliation. A man who has encouraged processes aimed at ensuring peace and stability in the party.
“The trip he made to Port Harcourt came after a one in Delta. And he has more in the offing. Why will he promote peace and stability in the party and be behind moves to sack Secondus? It’s ridiculous for anyone to talk about this.
“Atiku understands the Constitution of the PDP and what the party says about tenure for party leadership. So, he cannot be working against something that he understands and promotes. That is not how democrats behave. Those are anti-democratic behaviour and that is not who he is. Whoever is saying this, should know that this is a beer parlour talk and unnecessary mischief.”
“The crisis is related; we cannot isolate one from the other. He recognizes that there are issues, like in every party administration. When you have more than two persons, people will have different positions. So, the important thing is how to resolve them. And he has commenced the movement to resolve the issues.
“Atiku is an individual, yes a major stakeholder in the party, and he has taken steps to bring everybody together to see how these issues can be peacefully resolved. They are all related, either the one that happens now or before. They are all part of the larger problem facing the party.”
The PDP National Chairman met with the aggrieved deputy national officers who resigned their positions earlier in the week on Wednesday and appealed for calm as the life of the National Working Committee, NWC, led by him will end in the next four months.
The deputy national officers in their meeting on Tuesday night, with party stakeholders and some Board of Trustees members agreed to resolve the issue as some agreed to go back to their posts.